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<< Wednesday, February 19, 1997 >>
 
Jonah 3:1-10
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Psalm 51 Luke 11:29-32
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SACRAMENTAL PENITENTIAL

 
"They proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth." —Jonah 3:5
 

When the Ninevites repented, they expressed their repentance by fasting, covering themselves with sackcloth, and sitting in ashes (Jon 3:5-6). They indicated "by their actions how they turned from their evil way" (Jon 3:10).

We human beings must express ourselves in sensory ways, that is, we are sacramental. That's why it's important to go to Confession to a priest — a person you can see, hear, and touch. However, we human beings are not just a little sacramental; we are very sacramental. We must express ourselves in many sensory ways. In addition to Confession, we need fasting. In addition to fasting, we need sackcloth and ashes, or something like them. We need more than ashes on Ash Wednesday. A little dab of ashes won't do us.

How do we express our repentance? This is a critical question. Because of the way we are, if we don't express repentance, we may not be repentant. May this Lent be a re-discovery of penitential practices and of our deepest selves.

 
Prayer: Father, I repent down to the bone.
Promise: "For at the preaching of Jonah they reformed, but you have a greater than Jonah here." —Lk 11:32
Praise: Just reaching into his pocket, feeling his rosary with its crucifix, can remind Jim to repent, to pray, and to glorify God.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 1, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 6, 1996
 
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